I have been a fan of legal thrillers going back to 1986 when I accidentally stumbled onto a copy of Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent. After, I found John Grisham, and Steve Martini, and so on, and so forth. You see what I’m saying, right? When I was sent a copy of Mike Papantonio’s Law And Vengeance, I couldn’t wait to start reading.
Aside from the left-slant, the book is completely enjoyable, timely. Relevant. What happens when a product liability case is responsible for countless deaths? Lawsuits. In Law And Vengeance we are not talking about an underwater camera that attracts fish that bite, or brakes on a car that refuse to stop the vehicle . . . Imagine a sight on a gun that is so far off, that when fired, the intended target is the last thing the bullet will hit.
When a company employee blows the whistle on the product, sighting known (and buried) defects, a powerful law firm takes on the case and sues Arbalest, the courtroom fight is anything but fair. There is big money in guns. Backroom deals. Bribes. And criminals. Arbalest has contracts worth millions. Billions. The last thing they need is bad press, or a time consuming legal battle.
The best way to prevent a lawsuit from proceeding is when any threat to the business is eliminated. And Arbalest will stop at nothing to keep quiet the deadly defects of their product! Nothing! However, when detrimental lines are crossed, attorney Gina Romano will fight against evil . . . even at the risk of losing her own life for the cause!
Although this is the second book in a series, it is easily a stand-alone novel. (I have, however, ordered the first book). I greatly enjoyed the characters, and character development. With an employment law background, I enjoyed the deposition tactics, and tricks, and gotcha! moments! The book moves fast. It is easy reading, and highly entertaining. Papantonio knows how to tell a story with taut chapters, and spot-on dialogue. I am a fan!